PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways (IPP)

Background |Goals and Objectives | Community Engagement | Resources

Throughout 2020-21, the Department of Teaching and Learning is leading a visioning process for the PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways (formerly called the PreK-12 Instructional Programs Pathway)The work will reflect the comprehensive range of the programs offered to students from PreK-Adult, in neighborhood and option schools and through alternative programs. Instructional leaders will develop instructional recommendations to inform the FY 2022 Budget and FY 2022 CIP that will be shared with the community for input.


IPP Presentation for Advisory Committees Dec. 2020



The August 27, 2020 School Board Work Session, Planning Initiatives for 2020-21, included an update on the PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways.

Presentation (slides 19-20) | Video (starts at 45:32)

More on the initial IPP Process.

students working at a project around a tableGOALS

  1. Ensure equity and access in all programs
  2. Promote demographic diversity in our programs and schools
  3. Aid in enrollment management
  4. Ensure Multiple Pathways to Student Success



Clearly define the role of neighborhood and option schools in our instructional program, by:

Providing the community with a comprehensive list and description of current instructional programs and options - PreK to Adult. 

    • General education
    • English Learner Programs
    • Special Education
    • Dual Enrollment
    • Exemplary Projects
    • Adult Ed

Articulating a clear instructional vision for the future that aligns with our mission, vision, strategic plan, and new Equity policy.

This could include recommendations to:  NSL_6037

    • Expand current programs
    • Create a new program(s)
    • Move a program(s) to a new site
    • Consolidate a program(s)
    • Eliminate a program(s)

Providing a set of criteria in alignment with Policy A-6.31 Program Evaluation and corresponding PIP A-6.31 PIP-1- Accountability & Evaluation.

This will provide an objective assessment of existing instructional programs during the evaluation process and as a screener for any new programs that are proposed to ensure alignment with our mission, vision, strategic plan goals.

Aligning with our new Equity policy.

This will reflect APS’s commitment to ensuring equity and access while providing educational excellence for all students whether they attend a neighborhood school or access one of the instructional programs/options offered.


The process to develop and refine the IPP will continue to be inclusive and provide opportunities for advisory committees, staff and community members to provide input that will help shape this work.

Dec. 2020-Jan. 2021
  • Meet with APS Advisory Committees and share information with PTAs and School Ambassadors to raise awareness and respond to questions about the IPP instructional visioning process, timeline, work to date, and timeline for continued development of the IPP with future opportunities for community input
Feb. 2021 Feb. 4 – School Board IPP Monitoring Report

  • Share information through a variety of mediums including social media, Friday 5 updates, School Talk Engage messages, APS School Ambassadors, Facebook LIve, Engage page
  • Virtual information sessions and meetings with stakeholder groups (Advisory Committees, CCPTA, PTA leadership, APS staff) to gather input on IPP recommendations.
  • Host virtual community meetings and open office hours
  • Solicit community input through
Mar. 2021 March (TBD): School Board IPP Monitoring Item

  • Inform community about final IPP recommendations through a variety of mediums including social media, Friday 5 updates, School Talk Engage messages, APS School Ambassadors, Facebook LIve, Engage page
Spring 2021 – ongoing
  • Meetings with instructional leaders to continue development of IPP ​
  • Prioritization and identification of future focus areas for IPP
  • Future community engagement opportunities will be provided (TBD)




2018-24 Strategic Plan (

The six-year strategic plan developed with staff and community involvement to identify focus areas for school system improvement

Profile of a Virginia Graduate (

Describes the knowledge, skills, and experiences and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the work force and to be “life ready” in an economy and a world characterized by rapid change.

Teaching and Learning Framework (

Provides an overview of the teaching and learning experiences for each of our classrooms; the curriculum templates that provide the “knows and dos,” assessments, and resources for each unit; and the professional learning experiences that provide opportunities for collaboration and learning together across the division.

2019 Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP) (

Provides background information on current and expected student enrollment, and how this data relates to APS school facilities’ existing and planned capacity. Capacity is defined as the number of students that can be accommodated in a permanent school building for instruction.

Capital Improvement Plan  ( )

Every two years, the School Board adopts a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that addresses APS capital needs—investments needed to improve or enhance the infrastructure of our schools—over the next ten years. The CIP includes major capital projects, such as new schools and school additions, as well as major maintenance and minor construction projects. 

Annual Update  ( )

The Annual Update process prepares all schools for manageable enrollment in the next school year and serves as a guide for budget allocations based on student enrollment. In this process, APS can consider whether to change the number of students or classes at APS option schools/programs.


A-30 Equity - adopted August 20, 2020 

K-3 Program Changes – adopted November 2007

I- Program Differentiation – adopted November 2007

I- PIP-1 Program Differentiation – adopted August 2009

J-5.3.31 Options and Transfers- Elementary & Secondary

J-5.3.31 PIP 1 – Options and Transfers- Elementary & Secondary

J-5.3.31- PIP 2-  Options and Transfers- PreK - adopted in June 25, 2020

L-9 Accreditation of Schools - adopted October 6, 2016


Capacity Utilization Tables – 10-year Projections (published February 2020) Needs to be made public